Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda scored his fourth podium finish of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season after finishing the Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America in second place behind race winner Josef Newgarden.
Hunter Reay started the race from third place and fought tough and nail with Josef Newgarden and speaking following the race he said:
“Hats off to Josef [Newgarden], he did a great job. I thought we had the pace for him early on, but after we took that second to last set of [Firestone] reds — and then at the end with him on the new reds — I could keep up with him for a bit, but then in the dirty air I just couldn’t do anything with him. That’s about all we had today. I thought the car was really good. I was hoping to make it a better show for the fans – I was hoping to get up there and make it interesting. I gave it 110% the whole way. Big thanks to the 28 DHL team – rock stars in the pit lane and continuing the consistency.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda started the race from 15th place and finished the race in 11th place and speaking following the race he said;
I made the call to go to blacks at the end when we should’ve gone with reds – so that cost us a top 10. I just completely lost the front and went off the track. I made an error there at the end of the race. I think I cost us a top 10 today.”
Alexander Rossi had a disappointing day and has lost ground in the championship. Following a tough race which saw him suffer an issue with his No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda he finished the race in 16th place and speaking following the race he said;
I definitely think we had a car to fight for a podium finish. It wasn’t enough to win today, but halfway though the second stint we had some camber shims fall out of the left front tire which made it pretty undrivable. It’s disappointing that something like that happened. It’s the way the world and racing works sometimes, but we’re still second in the championship and we’ll move focus to Iowa.
Zach Veach had a disappointing race coming home in 22nd place and speaking following the race he said:
We had something come loose on the steering racks. Basically one of the lock nuts that keep the toe-links in their position with the steering racks came loose. At the start I had a good start up to P8 into Turn 1 and then the steering wheel started going left-hand down further and further to the point where I was going down the straightaway with my hands at 7 and 2, so it was kind of strange. Our fear was it was going to put us in the wall so we stopped, luckily. My crew did a great job – they found it and fixed it but from that point on it set our fate to have no yellows here at Road America. We keep showing people we belong in the top-10 and we keep having performances to get us there but little things keep taking us out of it. I think people are noticing the speed that we have – we just need a little bit of luck.